Photos: Sneak peek! Great Leaps dress rehearsal; UH Hilo students to perform Dec. 4-5

Students will perform aerial, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, new environmental dance and more at this semester’s Great Leaps, a biannual dance concert where students are the stars.

Dancers on stage, some leaping, some standing still.
Photos by Daniel Nathaniel. Click to enlarge.


The Department of Performing Arts at the University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo will present this semester’s biannual dance concert, Great Leaps, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the UH Hilo Performing Arts Center. Due to increased popularity, a preview show will be held on Friday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. at a discounted ticket price.

Woman doing acrobats suspended in air.

Lee Dombroski, manager of the Performing Arts Center, says performers this semester will include the fall semester ballet class dancing to the Spanish concerto, de Aranjuez by Drigo, the jazz class doing hip-hop dance styles, and a guest performance by the INT Dance Squad.

“Hawaiʻi Community College’s aerial dance classes will fly through the air in mesmerizing skills of beauty and control, and the modern dance and the new edition of environmental dance taught by Annie Bunker will bring surprises,” she adds.

There also will be an innovative senior project by Kawai Soares that will explore his Hawaiian heritage and his passion for dance.

Guest choreographers for the Dance Ensemble, Lawrence Mano and Scott Wuscher, will provide a range of concepts that will showcase dancing Ninjas and expressions of losing a loved one.


Ticket price for the special preview show on Dec. 4 is $3 for all seats.

Ticket prices for Dec. 5 are $7 General, and $5 Discount for UH Hilo and Hawaiʻi Community College students (with a valid student ID) and children, up to age 17.

Seating for both shows is open seating. Tickets are available by calling the UH Hilo Box Office at 932-7490 or order online:

  • Fall 2015 Great Leaps Dance Concert Preview
    • Dec 4, 7:30pm, $3.00
  • Fall 2015 Great Leaps Dance Concert
    • Dec 5, 7:30pm, $7.00

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About the photographer: Daniel Nathaniel is a senior at UH Hilo majoring in linguistics on the GI Bill. Previously, he served nine years as superintendent of public affairs, 624th Regional Support Group at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Oʻahu. He currently is a photographer in the Office of the Chancellor.

-UH Hilo Stories

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